Pavel Durov is the founder and owner of messaging app Telegram, which holds over 500 million users worldwide. Durov has created Telegram free to manage; it competes with messaging apps like WhatsApp, which is controlled by Facebook.
Durov is recognized as Russia’s Zuckerberg because he also designed Vkontakte, Russia’s biggest social network.
He founded Vkontakte when he was 22-year-old, in 2015 he sold a 12% stake in the social network for an approximated 300 million dollars. In 2018 Pavel, with his brother Nikolai Durov, increased 1.7 billion dollars from investors to create TON, a blockchain system based on Telegram.